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Gwen's Angels
- Marta and John Aberg In Memory of Andrew Slyter
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee

Resident GWEN landed at GHF in 2015 at five months old with significant fear of strangers and situations. While she was a gorgeous pup who loved affection from ‘her person’, she charged and lunged at anyone new, ready to strongly defend herself. Gwen can even react fearfully to the people she lives with, as if she has forgotten who they are, growling, willing to nip or bite them. Her complexity made her a liability to adopt into the real world so GHF was the best option where her behaviors could be better managed in a simpler, controlled setting. We have no idea the root trauma of Gwen’s reactions but even as she ages, her fears are just as strong as when she arrived. She came to rescue as a ‘reactive’ pup and to this day, her nature is the same. Fortunately, Gwen enjoys racing and chasing with the other BCs and loves her life, maturing in a large pack of friends, all having an active life. Her sweet, gentle side is quite apparent, coming for cuddles and belly rubs, a happy gal. Her fate could have been far different without the opportunity to live at GHF.




Rye's Angels
- Richard Lasky & Dot & GHF alum, Dash
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee

Resident RYE came to GHF in 2013 at 9 months old, given up for too much energy. His “energy" included severe car chasing interest, repeatedly escaping the fenced suburban yard being picked up by Animal Control in the traffic. His drive and intensity was way too much to manage, "driving everyone crazy." Rye came into rescue like a ‘bull in the china shop’, going 1000 miles an hour, clearly under satisfied. His needs had never been properly met but another issue surfaced quickly when he reacted badly to men with defensive barking, charging and attempting to bite. Unraveling his frustration took many, many months but the combination of intensity and reactivity to cars and men, made him a difficult candidate for adoption. He also had a prior elbow injury that required attention though could not be repaired, leaving him in pain. Rye clearly needed a situation that could manage his complex needs in a simpler environment or his fate was in question.

Thankfully, Rye loved the action with other BC’s and joined the Founder’s pack, assimilating easily. This gave him a greater outlet for his intensity. He is still a very big challenge around cars and men, requiring careful management or things could easily unravel but Rye is happy. He’d be a very difficult dog in the real world but thrives at GHF, finding contentment to help better balance his nature.

 



Ollie's Angels
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee

Resident OLLIE came to GHF as a 2 year old in 2013, with a record of severe car chasing, kid nipping and shadow chasing as well as high intensity that could not be managed. Ollie was clearly quite brilliant and also quite challenging. Any sound of children sent him charging directly at them, at fences, windows, gates, wherever they were, with his high pitched bark. His strong herding reaction led to grabs and nips if he connected with any child. If he wasn’t occupied mentally with activities, he would ‘demand bark’, asking for what he wanted, non-stop. Chasing bikes and cars left rutted paths wherever he ran, again non-stop until interrupted. His obsessive behavior led to chasing light reflections inside and outside, hard to manage without constant supervision.

A very hard combination of traits meant Ollie needed a very special home. One was found, seemingly ready for this unique BC but before year’s end, he was returned to GHF, way "too difficult to manage". The distractions of people, noise, children, cars, all made it hard to focus on him staying connected to them. This very sweet, very very smart Border Collie required a controlled environment from all levels and then, he would blossom. There was only one solution that made sense - living at GHF - where the world could be shaped around him.

Ollie lives on acres far from any traffic in an adult only setting where he joined a large pack of BC residents and he is thriving. He loves herding the canine crowd as well as individual toy play time. He is truly a real joy to watch as his intense drive and energy are now more in balance. Ollie’s sweet nature is also more evident as he cuddles and loves his belly rubs, clamoring for affection. Not always the easiest BC in the bunch, he still is by far, the smartest.



Flip's Angels
- Scottie Burkhalter, in memory of GHF alums, Russy & Jay Jay

Resident FLIP landed in a NY shelter as a stray, approximately 1 year old in 2010. Overloaded to capacity, the shelter begged for rescue help, unsure what to do with such a high energy dog. While Flip did well in his temperament test, certain reactions became clear as we got to know him better. Fearful of men and anyone reaching quickly for him, Flip would growl and give clear warning to ‘back off’. Most of the time, this sweet boy loved everyone but when he was fearful, he was quite ominous.

The dilemma with Flip was clear - in skilled hands and carefully managed, he could do well in the world. Left to his own devices, a bite was always a concern. Flip went through extensive training in foster care and back at the Farm but no matter the level of great work he did, showing tremendous progress, his fearful nature was lurking. Twice, Flip landed a home and each time, even with specific directions about what to do to help him feel more secure, each adopter mistakenly trusted him too quickly and his defensive nature appeared. He was returned twice.

Flip was a Farm favorite, so easy with everyone at the rescue and so solid in temperament in a simpler life that when he was returned yet again, it was clear that giving him a Resident status was the best outcome for all involved. Flip never threatened anyone at the Farm, ever, but without that cocoon around him, he was not to be trusted. Euthanasia of beloved Flip was just not an option ever on the table.

Flip is living out a protected life, carefully managed with strangers but enjoying all who already know him. He loves to race and chase with the other dogs, swimming and exploring on the trails as well as a great ball game. He still has his moments of growling and serious worry but those of us who know Flip, work around his reactions and understand some deep traumatic past was the cause. Whatever it was, it was very bad and true trust of humans will always be questionable.






Ana's Angels
- For Chris Fuller, in honor of GHF alum, Nenya
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee

Resident ANA is truly a survivor from a tough, abusive breeding situation where she lived until 2014 when at age 6, she was confiscated and brought to GHF. Her life was not filled with love or proper care - she was a breeding machine - left in a stall where food was thrown into her as well as being hosed down while she was in the small enclosure - truly devoid of human contact. Freed from a living hell, Ana bravely dealt with a totally different experience, step by step, learning to see humans has something to no longer fear. Basically semi-feral, Ana was moved to foster care in Vermont, joining a balanced pack of Border Collies who could mentor her. Day after day, behavioral work helped Ana begin to think, learn and relate. Anti-anxiety medication was necessary to help change her state of fear. Over time, she did improve but one dramatic behavior never stopped - when fearful about sounds or people, Ana could jump a fence and run for her life, never turning to even look back.

Two years into her foster care, this is exactly what Ana did, resulting in her being on the run for four months in bitter winter. Night cameras, a wildlife net and a very determined fosterer finally brought her back home. The risk of Ana being in a normal home setting was just too great to ask of any adopter so she became a GHF resident. Ana is outside with other Border Collies and lives inside with the same dogs, pretty happily, however she is never off leash, EVER. The simple sound of a truck, a siren, a gunshot or even new people coming nearby, causes her to panic. The thought of Ana being lost forever, a very easy thing to have happen considering her extremely reactive nature is just not something we could bear to have happen.

Ana is enjoying a limited outdoor life but a very loving life which she so deserves.



Zena's Angels
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee
- Mike & Sandy Fazio & GHF alum Ace

Resident ZENA is a ‘special needs’ Border Collie who arrived at age 2 in 2010 where GHF became her third home because she was ’too much’. High energy and super smart, her nature was more than a typical Border Collie. Unbeknownst to the previous guardians, Zena is an obsessive shadow chaser. This genetic trait was triggered somewhere in her past but created behaviors that made her very difficult to live with, a fully OCD dog.

These OCD traits, once genetically triggered, can rarely be modified without serious behavior modification and drug therapy. While other OCD Border Collies had come to GHF, Zena was by far, the worst to land here so it was impossible to find adoption interest. Zena resides at GHF with other unadoptable dogs. Her behaviors are extremely challenging to live with since she requires continual management day and night.

Zena will endlessly bark at shadows cast by the sun on the ground and then dig up the dirt wherever she is barking, over stimulated by the ‘light’ she sees. She will run endlessly in repetitive patterns, chasing ’things’ she sees on the ground or in the air, even at night. She will also lick the furniture where any sunlight is cast from a window and bite at the wall, going through the drywall to ‘catch the sun’ there. Any reflection anywhere in the house sends her into a frenzy to ‘get it’. Zena is also a horrible car chaser while riding as she barks constantly at anything moving past her, even in a covered crate. When she is fully in the OCD cycle, she will not respond to being called her name or to anyone she knows - she is lost in this world.

Fortunately, when not in OCD mode, Zena is very sweet and affectionate. She is also very smart but overly sensitive so cannot handle much human pressure asking her to do particular obedience tasks. This high level of sensitivity is typical in OCD dogs who are fragile in their balance in the world.



Hunter's Angels
- Joe & Elaine Bove
- Alexis Ressler & Arnie Kozak: In honor of Nicki Houghton & GHF alum, Chloe

Resident HUNTER came to GHF in 2010, at 3 years old, abandoned at a shelter due to growling at the toddler in the house. He was described as a car chaser and high energy. Hunter, while clearly smart, had his own agenda from the day he arrived til now. Turns out, he is a severe car chaser, so bad that when adopted from GHF into a home not near any road, the adopters placed large trash bags over their windows, hoping to settle him down. Hunter was returned.

This complex Border Collie, has the great looks and intensity of a working dog but without that outlet, he reverted to car chasing as his job. And, obsessive compulsive behaviors when he was frustrated. If he was bored or could not chase nearby cars, he would madly bark at the ground and grab the grass and dirt, throwing it in the air, wildly digging at the earth. He would enter a ‘zone’ of OCD patterns that was very challenging to live with. While Hunter would respond to intervention by calling his name, he then needed to be occupied with activity or he would revert to barking and repeating the same behavior. Hunter also severely guards his toys and bones, ready to defend his items and bite to make a human go away. This OCD nature, along with car chasing and resource guarding, made him very unadoptable.

Hunter was languishing in rescue because potential adopters feared a lifestyle of constant management. In fact, this IS the case so we knew GHF was the only place for Hunter. His ‘normal’ nature was loving, sweet and people oriented so he deserved a real life where the outer world was managed to bring him into more normalcy. A high privacy fence now stretches hundreds of feet to block out the rural traffic so that Hunter can focus on human interaction.

Hunter, today, is happily lounging on the bed and couch as a GHF resident, loving life. He has his barking moments and his car chasing moments but with the outer world controlled, this wonderful good-natured dog can surface, loving human attention and flourishing.




Mac's Angels
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee
- Mike & Sandy Fazio & GHF alum Ace

Resident MAC landed in rescue at 8 months old in 2008 for being "too active" but then lost two more homes in 5 years, leading to severe separation anxiety. When Mac returned to GHF the final time in 2013, he was unraveling. A super smart, super sweet guy, Mac had become a huge worrier, afraid to be left. In his 3rd home, the panic grew so much so that he jumped out a 2nd story window as he watched his person walking down the street, leaving the house. A true ‘houdini’, Mac broke out of any containment - crates, doors, windows - he would easily push, shove and scratch until whatever was closed, opened. His fear of being left alone was extremely hard to witness, leaving him at odds with yet another confusing move, being abandoned from another home.

In order to best help him settle, he came to the Founder’s home to feel more at ease. As he had already done, he began a destructive course of action, unwilling to be left. It took many, many months for him to settle in and join the other dogs, realizing he was not really alone. As he began enjoying the company of the dogs, he relaxed a bit better and with more time, his destructive tendencies began to lessen a bit but there was no way to know if he would maintain this gain if again moved.

Additionally, in his 2nd home he revealed another anxiety - that of being around children - nipping and growling at them leading to the loss of that home. He clearly felt uncomfortable if not in the company of adults. Mac also had a history of badly reacting to other dogs, willing to growl and snap if introductions were improperly managed. This combination of traits led to the decision that Mac would only flourish remaining at GHF.

As years have gone by, Mac has indeed blossomed though he still opens doors and gates and jumps out small car window openings that no other dog could exit. Thankfully, his anxiety is now more thunderstorm related since he finally trusts that he is really home. Friendly and outgoing, Mac is a gem now settled into a routine.



Roze's Angels
- The Arrison gang: Leela, Rudy, Reggie & DeeDee

Resident ROZE landed at GHF at age 4 in 2011, already with a varied history, in a shelter as a stray and then adopted and returned due to nipping. Her wariness was quite obvious as well as her sensitivity to being handled. She ducked away to avoid contact and worried when anyone approached, submissively turning away, barely tolerating touch, very fearful. If pushed, Roze was liable to nip again or worse yet, bite.

Roze was happiest without a lot of human attention. After one failed adoption introduction, it was in Roze’s best interest to make her life easier by becoming a resident. Year after year, Roze relaxed. It’s taken many years for her to let go of the worries from earlier life but she is more trusting now knowing that no one will over-pressure her at the Farm. She will never be totally fear-less and can easily revert to that desire to flee human touch but her first desire is to seek out attention, hoping for a ball toss and quick pat on the head.

Contact the Farm rescue@glenhighlandfarm.com
Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY  13808
Phone: (607)263-5415  Fax:  (607)263-5325